SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Last Updated: May 8th, 2014

Download a Document of the Admissions Criteria here.

Admission to the program is based upon the following criteria:

1)  Academic background: students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for the master's program and/or a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 for the Sixth Year program.

2)  Although no particular undergraduate major is required, students are required to have taken a minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Most applicants have an undergraduate major in psychology; those who do not should have taken course work in the following areas:

3)  The State of CT requires that all applicants to this certification program must have successfully passed the PRAXIS - I exam, an essential skills test which is administered by Educational Testing Service.  For complete information on taking this test,  go to the CT State Department of Education website:   www.ct.gov/sde/certtests

Students who have already achieved high scores on any of the following tests may be able to waive taking the PRAXIS exam:

    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), American College Testing (ACT), or the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)/ESLAT/TOEFL. 

The passing scores necessary for waiving the PRAXIS exam based on these tests  are listed on the State Dept of Education website:   www.ct.gov/sde/certtests

To waive the PRAXIS test requirement, first check to see that you have achieved the necessary score; then complete the ED-192 Form (click on this link to get the form) from the CT State Dept. of Education.

4)  Have met the State Department of Education's special education requirement, which is a course that reviews all types of educational disorders as specified in federal and state statutes, as well as the requirements for mainstreaming children with disabilities.  This requirement is a course that is offered at many colleges and universities in Connecticut (at SCSU: SED 481 OR 482).  A list of those courses is available at the CT State Department of Education's Web site. You may take this course at any accredited college or university.

You may apply even though you have not completed this requirement. If you are accepted, you must complete this course prior to beginning your graduate studies (most students take this course in the summer prior to beginning their school psychology program).  You will be given a conditional acceptance until this requirement is met.

This course be comprised of not fewer than 36 clock hours, which shall include study in understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education, and methods of identifying, planning for, and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom.

Students who graduated from colleges out of state, and who, through reciprocity, received certification in CT as a teacher MUST TAKE THE SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSE in order to add the school counselor or school psychologist certification.

5)  Evidence of a desire to enter the profession and knowledge of the field.

6)  Evidence of exceptional interpersonal skills (relationships and communication).

7)  Strong recommendations from at least three individuals who know the candidate in a professional and/or academic setting.

8)  Evidence of superior writing skills.